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300 staff on standby as chill returns to Northern Ireland

A severe weather warning has been issued for Northern Ireland throughout the coming days.

More heavy snow is forecast across the province and freezing temperatures will return today after last night’s band of heavy rain.

Roads Service is now gearing up for the extreme below-zero conditions and has a snow contingency plan in place. It will be gritting main roads but said it may have to call on farmers and private contractors to clear heavy snowfalls.

Network maintenance manager Colin Brown said: “Roads Service is well prepared for the challenging conditions we are likely to meet over the next few days and will have more than 300 people on standby to salt and clear main roads to help drivers cope with the wintry conditions.

“The forecast conditions, which indicate that rain will be quickly followed by heavy snow, are particularly difficult to deal with, as the salt can be washed off if it is spread too early.”

Mr Brown also warned motorists to be cautious while driving as even gritted roads pose a danger.

The Met Office has said that temperatures could plummet to as low as –3°C today with the heaviest snow showers in the north east of the province.

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